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Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression


I am an IAPT approved IPT Practitioner Accredited with IPT UK 


IPT is a time limited and structured psychotherapy, typically delivered over 16, weekly sessions. It looks at the ways in which current difficulties in relationships contribute to psychological stress, and the ways in which psychological problems affect relationships. Therapy comes in many forms, each having a particular focus and emphasis. IPT focuses primarily on relationship problems. When a person is able to deal with a relationship problem more effectively, his or her psychological symptoms often improve. IPT aims to help people recognise the problems they face with other people and to make changes in their relationships. 


I will spend a few sessions talking with you about your depression and current relationships as a way of understanding how they are connected. I will help you to keep the discussion focused upon these kinds of problems. The relationship issues described by most people usually fall into one of the following areas:  


  • Interpersonal disputes: disagreements or arguments with others, and unmet expectations.

  • Role transitions: circumstances in which your life changes, such as retiring or having a baby.

  • Grief and loss: an emotional reaction to a major loss through bereavement.

  • Interpersonal sensitivity: difficulty starting or keeping relationships going.


In the first sessions of IPT, you and I will spend time talking about the important relationships in your life and their connection to your depression. I will work with you to complete an Interpersonal Inventory, which is a review of your key relationships, looking at their strengths and problems. This will help us both to identify those relationships that would be most useful to focus on during therapy. At the end of the initial sessions you and I will agree a contract, outlining the focus of the work for the remainder of the sessions. During the middle sessions of treatment, you and I will discuss your agreed main area of interpersonal difficulties and work on making positive changes. Familiar tasks during these sessions will include monitoring current relationship triggers for depression, working on improving communication, and discussing your emotional reactions to your relationship problems. When concluding therapy, you and I will discuss feelings about therapy ending and the progress you have made during the treatment. We will also spend some time thinking about the future and how to use the new skills and supports you have developed.

Prices and Appointments

If you are interested in working with a counselling professional then BRIGHTER MINDS welcomes you and offers:

  • A FREE initial 20 minute assessment 

  • A mutually agreed working arrangement

  • Counselling 4 - 6 therapy sessions, which can be increased depending upon your needs

  • IPT 12 - 16 sessions, depending upon your needs

  • Duration of sessions 40/50 minutes 

  • Frequency of sessions normally weekly but can be fortnightly or spaced out dependant upon individual needs

  • Regular appointment day and time

  • Professional Liability Insurance


PRICES based on individual therapy

9:00 - 5:00 - starting from £60.00 per session

5:00 - starting from £70.00 per session

Saturday - starting from £80.00 per session

PRICES for couples start from £100.00

Reduced rates may be available for student counsellors


Payment via bank transfer


Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Cancellation of appointments with less than 48 hours notice, or failure to show for an appointment will incur the full fee

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